Welcome High Schoolers!
The following checklist was provided by our guidance office to guide you through the college admission process.
Please email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEFORE JUNIOR YEAR:
- Check your transcript in Genius. Review your total number of credits and GPA. NSA’s Guidance Department recommends that students earn at least 12 credits prior to entering the Junior Year.
- To ensure Junior courses align with graduation requirements for NSA, please email email@example.com. If you do not plan to graduate from NSA, please email Guidance.
- Create College Board Account: Store username and password in a secure location. Make a plan to help you keep track of your college admissions process. If you forget your password, contact College Board.
- Begin exploring potential colleges. Use College Board or College Scorecard to create a list of 5-10 schools.
- Extracurricular activities: Summer is a great time to begin volunteering.
- The Guidance Department highly recommends taking Preparing for College Admission at NSA. This course has helped so many students as they work through the college admission process.
- Begin thinking about careers and college majors Career/Major investigation.
- PSAT Test Month! Practice here: PSAT.
- Schedule to take the ACT or SAT. The best time to take the test is Spring of Junior year or around the time Algebra 2 is finished (whichever one comes first).
- PSAT scores are released! Link your Khan Academy and College Board Accounts and begin practicing for the SAT.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an updated graduation evaluation. This should be done prior to registering for senior classes to ensure you will meet graduation requirements for NSA. If you do not plan to graduate from NSA, please email email@example.com to let them know your plans.
- Learn about the College Application process. Figure out which teacher you will ask for a letter of recommendation. View NSA’s tips for letters of recommendations.
- Use College Board to narrow your college list to 3-5 schools. Choosing a College: Things to consider, College 101, Finding your Fit, Campus Life, Academic Life.
- Check your transcript in Genius. Review your total number of credits and GPA. NSA’s Guidance Department recommends that students earn at least 18 credits prior to entering the Senior Year.
- After registering for Senior courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure all registered courses will fulfill graduation requirements for NSA. If you do not plan to graduate from NSA, please email Guidance to let them know your plans.
- Participate in extracurricular activities. Summer is a great time to begin volunteering.
- Register ACT/SAT (Most colleges want all test scores by December 1st of the Senior Year).
- Make sure that you understand the components needed for the College Application process.
- Make a schedule to tour schools. Take a virtual tour.
- Visit your prospective 3-5 colleges’ websites. Research deadlines for applications and scholarships and mark these dates on your calendar.
- Determine if you qualify for scholarships based on current SAT/ACT scores. Decide if you need to take the SAT/ACT again (most scores are due by December 1). Research other Scholarship and Financial Aid information.
- College application process:
- Common App is great at organizing your application dates.
- Find out if your school uses Common App or another program. If you are using Common App, use these instructions to add the guidance counselor to your Common App account.
- Work on applications: Ranking information for applications.
- Essay: Review prompts, choose one or two and brainstorm ideas, write rough draft.
- View NSA’s tips for letters of recommendations.
- Proofread and finalize your essay for the application.
- Verify that you have one letter of recommendation. View NSA’s tips for letters of recommendations.
- Many scholarship/application deadlines fall around December 1. Be sure to check your deadlines!
- Mid-year reports to colleges. Plan to have your first semester completed, so you can send your first semester grades to your school(s).
- Review acceptance letters and send a copy to email@example.com.
- Compare schools.
- Make your final decision and pay the deposit.
- Notify schools you will not attend.
- Request application to graduate and diploma request a week or two before last course finishes.
- Request a transcript for the college that you have you will attend in the fall.
- Rest and relax before college starts!
- SAT/ACT scores
- Recommendation letters
- School report
- Academic information from counselor
BEFORE SENIOR YEAR:
PARTS OF THE COLLEGE APPLICATION:
APPLYING 101: Where to begin, early decision, early action, counselor’s role, frequently asked questions, etc.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE: Things to consider, College 101, Finding your Fit, Campus Life, Academic Life, Compare Colleges, Making a decision, etc.